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Yesterday evening at New York’s Rockefeller Center, artist Ugo Rondinone officially unveiled his latest project: a series of XXL stone sculptures entitled Human Nature, underwritten by the city’s Public Art Fund. Rondinone’s megaliths tower over the plaza’s western block—stoic sentries holding court in Midtown’s otherwise frenetic hive.
“The stone is from Pennsylvania,” the artist told Style.com, “the same site where all the sidewalk laid at Rockefeller Center comes from.” Engineered and stacked to impressive scale, Rondinone’s figures retain a singularly calming (if not alien) effect. “The human is a basic figure, and [the sculptures] are named after basic feelings,” he said. “The mood is to be reminded of our origins.”
Despite Manhattan’s unseasonably frigid twilight, friends and fans braved the windchill to show their support. “Other than the fact that it was freezing cold, it was incredibly beautiful,” said model-cum-actress-cum-artist Lily Cole. “I’ve been thinking about making furniture out of stone, so I was sort of in that frame of mind,” she added.
After the opening, guests such as Olympia Scarry, Sadie Coles, and Maria Cornejo headed to Monkey Bar, where Public Art Fund director Nicholas Baume told the oohing and ahhing crowd, “By the time the exhibition closes, some 20 million people will have seen these works.” Cornejo best captured the excitement. “It’s amazing to see them finished,” she said, having previously checked out the project’s models in Rondinone’s studio. “I think it’s joyful.”
Human Nature is free to the public and on view until June 7, 2013.
The tired cliché that fashion doesn’t eat is weakening every day. The latest assault on its reign comes courtesy of Kerry Diamond (by day, PR executive at Coach; by night, partner and co-owner of three bustling Brooklyn restaurants) and Claudia Wu (principal of the graphic design firm Oprhan, founder of Me Magazine) and their new food-meets-fashion biannual, Cherry Bombe. It may have the distinction of being the first culinary journal with a Karlie Kloss cover.
Diamond and Wu (above) are the definition of multi-hyphenate multitaskers, but at Cherry Bombe‘s Jo Malone London-sponsored launch party last night at the Spotted Pig’s semisecret third-floor test kitchen, she shrugged off questions of how she’d managed to put together a full magazine while juggling her other commitments. (Questioner finds his hands full with merely a biannual magazine and Web site to contend with, let alone a second job or a restaurant empire.) “Everyone says that, but it’s not like I’m there cooking or washing the dishes,” she laughed. “My boyfriend works at night. No kids, no pets.” Anyway, she went on, “It really was a labor of love in the truest sense of the phrase. There was also kind of a mission behind this. We really want to help all these great women in the industry get exposed a little bit more, and build a little bit more of a community.” Continue Reading “Jobs, Restaurants, and Now a Magazine—It’s Just the Cherry on the Cake” »
Donna Karan has a special place in her heart for Haiti. After an earthquake devastated the country in 2010, Karan focused the efforts of Urban Zen—a foundation she founded in 2007 that aims to raise awareness, inspire change, preserve culture, and empower children—on Haiti. “In my travels throughout Haiti, I realized that the solution for rebuilding the country could be found in the inherent creativity of the people,” Karan told Style.com. This concept is at the core of her latest project, Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts. In partnership with eBay and the CFDA, Karan’s Urban Zen enlisted almost 150 CFDA designers to adorn and customize papier-mâché hearts—each of which was crafted by Haitian artist Magali Dresse.
Prabal Gurung jumped at the chance to help and designed hearts using fabric from his Fall ’13 collection. “[My Fall] inspiration was female empowerment, which I felt was appropriate to this cause,” said Gurung. Maria Cornejo wanted to make something “warm and textured,” and covered her hearts in red pony skin and stretch leather. Meanwhile, Pamela Love explained that her heart is meant to represent the third eye. Along with brands like Calvin Klein, Band of Outsiders, Oscar de la Renta, and Narciso Rodriguez (just to name a few), Karan created a slew of hearts, too. One series captures the youthful spirit of DKNY, one is for Urban Zen (“They represent my nomadic side,” said Karan), and one is for the Donna Karan line—we have to say, these are particularly adorable. “These are an expression of the feminine,” Karan told us. “They’re a beautiful, sensual woman’s heart.” All of the one-off objets d’hearts will be put up for auction on eBay, from April 22 through May 2. All proceeds will benefit Urban Zen’s Artisan program, which is dedicated to creating jobs and vocational education, as well as highlighting the creativity of Haiti’s artisans.
On Friday afternoon, Tracy Reese (left), Maria Cornejo (center), and Suno’s Erin Beatty (right) assembled for “One of a Kind: Individuality, Integrity, and Innovation in Fashion,” a panel discussion hosted by Style.com’s own executive editor Nicole Phelps as part of the 14th annual Initiatives in Art & Culture fashion conference. The three designers touched upon topics ranging from social media to personal time management to dressing Michelle Obama, which each speaker has crossed off her bucket list. Of the latter matter, Reese (who most recently outfitted the First Lady for her Democratic National Convention appearance) said, “That evening was huge for my business, but people kept talking about the dress and I was like, what about her amazing speech?”
The designers are all keenly aware of the pressures facing working women—i.e., those without the time for several outfit changes a day. “Wearing the same thing all day long is the definition of a modern woman,” Beatty opined. “With social obligations in the evening, you get up at 6:45 a.m. and go until midnight. You change your shoes and put on lipstick, and that’s it,” Cornejo said. “I keep a curling iron in my desk,” chimed in Reese, “and assume our customers’ days are just as busy.”
The Internet cropped up as both a positive and a negative. With new collections posting instantly online, Cornejo said, “It’s very hard for anything to feel surprising anymore.” Reese concurred. “It’s difficult to focus the customer on what’s available in stores now because she’s thinking about what’s next. By the time the clothes hit stores months after the show, they’ve already been so exposed on the Web.”
But ultimately, that pressure to keep going back to the well is what drives the designers forward. “It’s indescribable how empty you feel right after a show,” Beatty said, “but that’s what makes us do it again every season.”
Sometimes, interning does pay. Go ask Alice Waese , the downtown New York-based jeweler and artist now debuting her elemental, delicate pieces—and a new series of her own drawings—at Zero + Maria Cornejo in Los Angeles. When she was 20, Waese moved from Toronto to New York to intern for Cornejo, then became her design assistant for three years. Now they’re collaborating on a one-day trunk show (June 8), after which Waese’s work will be sold in Cornejo’s L.A. boutique. “We have a similar aesthetic,” says Waese, “and we both work in pretty organic processes.”
Cornejo concurs. “It’s nice to support the people who helped you along,” says the designer, who will sell her pre-fall collection alongside Waese’s work at the trunk show. “Alice’s drawings, which I saw before I ever saw her jewelry, are very sensitive and beautiful.” The same goes for her jewelry—they both have a rough but pretty fragility to them. “The drawings and the jewelry inform each other. Repetitive patterning and details, or figures, will start in a drawing and then become a texture or concept for metal,” she explains. “Or, sometimes I’ll cast something without thinking too much about the raw material of the thing, and once it is transformed into precious metal I’ll see something in it that I want to draw.”
The drawings and the jewelry will both be on sale tomorrow, the drawings going for $1,000 each and her baubles ranging in price from $70 for brass bits to $40,000 for great, heavy gold pieces with raw diamonds. Waese, currently stocked at Hostem London and R.A.D. Toronto, will be sold in Manhattan, too, at the soon-opening Welcome Shoppe. Here, Style.com has a first look at Waese’s new work.